'$600 For My Son Who Lived About 3 Minutes': Distraught Mom Shares Pathetic State Of US Healthcare

'$600 For My Son Who Lived About 3 Minutes': Distraught Mom Shares Pathetic State Of US Healthcare

Dr. Jennifer Gunter received a medical bill for her son who died almost immediately after he was born and received no medical care at all.

A recent Twitter thread by a doctor shed some light on just how pathetic the condition of US healthcare is. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, an OB-GYN and author of the book, The Vagina Bible, recalled the most absurd medical bill she had received. She wrote that she had to pay about $600 for her baby, who died almost immediately after being born and received no medical care at all. Gunter posted about her experience in response to a tweet by 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary candidate Bernie Sanders asking people to share the most "absurd" medical bills they'd received in an effort to highlight the need for better healthcare policies.


She further explained the situation at hand, highlighting the lack of compassion she received at a hospital where she herself worked as a doctor. She wrote: As he died almost immediately he didn’t get enrolled in my insurance plan, so I got the bill. From the hospital where I was a doctor. She recalled how devastating the experience was for her as she'd just gotten back from the hospital and she was looking for ways to deal with the loss of her baby, with two others in the NICU. 


She pointed out that it was the low amount on the bill that shook her since it was too low a number for a NICU bill. I’d forgotten about those few seconds that felt like an eternity when I saw the letter addressed to “Parents of Aidan..." I really thought for a moment he was alive, she wrote. When something as tragic as death occurs, you'd think hospitals would give some importance to death than to the money they need to collect. 


Several other responses to Sanders' original tweet perfectly illustrating the ridiculous lengths people have to go through to be able to afford even a simple medical procedure, and how easily bills can get out of hand—even when you have insurance. Other people responded to Gunter's story with instances of their own medical trauma, some recounting insensitive doctors and others, charges for services they'd never used. 



One thing that stood out was the ghastly difference between the system in the US and in other places abroad. Several people responded to Gunter as well as Sanders,  shocked at what other people had to go through for basic medical assistance. Most people living in countries outside the US spoke about their own medical bills, which were either very low as compared to those in the US, or absolutely free, thanks to the healthcare systems in the respective countries. 



Well, one thing was perfectly clear, thanks to the tons of messages in the thread. If you're someone in the US, and who is already broke at a very young age because of medical bills, then that's an issue that needs to be addressed desperately. It's one thing to fall sick, and it's another to spend an entire lifetime trying to pay off your medical bills. 


Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.

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